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Quality Review Standard 8

Accessibility and Usability

The course design reflects a commitment to accessibility and usability for all learners.

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QM Specific Review
Standard 8.1

Course navigation facilitates ease of use.

A consistent navigational structure in your course allows your students to easily access course components and helps prevent them from getting lost in the course. For example, keeping navigation menus succinct and course components organized in the same way week-over-week will help decrease the number of incorrect clicks and keep students focused on their learning.

QM Specific Review
Standard 8.2

The course design facilitates readability.

Using a consistent style across course content will help reduce cognitive load for your learners and help reduce distractions. For example, using consistent fonts and colors across documents and the LMS will help students not only focus on the content but will also help communicate the brand identity of your university.

QM Specific Review
Standard 8.3

The course provides accessible text and images in files, documents, LMS pages, and web pages to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Text and images in your course pages, course documents, and instructional materials should be accessible for all populations of learners. As a starting point, be sure to check for image alternative text, so all students have access to equivalent information. Then, run scans on your documents and course pages to help identify additional accessibility concerns. 

QM Specific Review
Standard 8.4

The course provides alternative means of access to multimedia content in formats that meet the needs of diverse learners.

Multimedia content like videos, audio clips, and simulations should be accessible for all populations of learners. To begin, provide an accurate text transcript for audio content and edited closed captions for videos within the course. Materials that cannot be made accessible should be replaced by accessible content in your course.

QM Specific Review
Standard 8.5

Course multimedia facilitate ease of use.

Multimedia in your course should be easy to use for all students. Consider revisions like removing images or multimedia materials that do not serve an educational purpose, revising longer videos into shorter, “chunked,” segments, and replacing content with poor audio or video quality with newer versions.

QM Specific Review
Standard 8.6

Vendor accessibility statements are provided for all technologies required in the course.

In either your course syllabus or within your course, provide links to accessibility statements for all required technologies in the course. If an accessibility statement is not available for a tool or technology in your course, note this for students. 

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Meeting QM’s accessibility Standards does not guarantee or imply that specific country/federal/state/local accessibility regulations are met. Please consult with an accessibility specialist to ensure that accessibility regulations are met in your area.